Conservation at Devalsari

Conserving fresh water systems in the Aglar Valley

The Society actively works towards conservation of freshwater systems in the landscape. The threats are many: use of bleaching powder and electricity to kill fish, pollution of the water, and killing of other fresh water biodiversity such as amphibians along with the fish.

The Society's efforts include

  • Education of people on the need to preserve the Himalayan riverine systems
  • Stopping of fishing through the use of bleaching powder and electric current

People fishing at Maun mela

In this landscape, the Maun mela and the Chor Maun, are festivals during which fish are hunted using traditional plant powder called Timur (or Timru) or Maun. During these festivals, Maun and Chor Maun, fish are killed rampantly along with other biodiversity. The society is working to create awareness about the adverse effects of the Maun mela.

People fishing at Maun mela

Click here to read a report on the Chor Maun

Stopping Hunting

The society works with the village community and schools to create awareness about the need to stop hunting of wild animals. The Society also supports the forest department by reporting illegal hunting in the villages.

School education program

The Society regularly conducts nature and environment education programs in schools in the area. Since 2010, the Society, supported by Titli Trust has been running a rural schools conservation education program at Jogiyada, Bangseel, Bhuwan and Katal.

Plantations

The Society is involved in several tree plantations program with support from the Uttarakhand Forest Department.

About the Deodar Ecotourism and Research Center (DERC)

Deodar Ecotourism and Research Center

The Devalsari Environment Protection and Technology Development Society set up the DERC in 2015. The DERC was set up to promote ecotourism and bee-keeping with the involvement of the local community. The Center focuses on training and capacity building for ecotourism, and research, training and capacity building for bee-keeping.

Accommodation for tourists at the center and in tents is available. The center is also available as a training center for other village related activities.

Devalsari Paryavaran Bachao

Youth pledging to protect nature

The Devalsari Paryavaran Bachao Samuh is a youth group formed on 27 July 2015 at Devalsari under the auspices of Devalsari Environment Protection and Technology Development Society. This youth group's main objective is to support nature conservation, create alternate livelihood options and reduce playen (migration of village people to the plains).
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